May 10, 2014
NEW YORK - When it comes to the 2014 NFL Draft, the LA Tech Family stretches from coast to coast. Just two rounds after Justin Ellis went to the Oakland Raiders, the New York Jets selected Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali in the sixth round.
The selection of Enemkpali marked the second time in as many years the Bulldogs have had at least two players taken in the NFL Draft in a single year. Justin Ellis was selected in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders.
By being taken by the New York Jets, Enemkpali will be playing in the same division as former Bulldog punter Ryan Allen, currently with the New England Patriots. The two will meet on the field twice in 2014, the first game coming on Oct. 16 at New England while the Jets will host the Patriots on Dec. 21.
Enemkpali started all 12 games for the Bulldogs at right end, compiling 47 total tackles (21 solo, 26 assisted) with 11 tackles for a loss of 43 yards. He registered a team-best 5.5 sacks for a loss of 33 yards and was one of only two defensive linemen in the country to post multiple interceptions this season with two picks returned for 22 yards. A native of Pflugerville, Texas, he led the team with seven QB hurries and was also credited with a pass break-up. Enemkpali was named first team All-Conference USA and first team All-Louisiana following his senior campaign.
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